Happy HUMP day, Everyone.
Today’s feature: Kizzy (Leslie Uggams and and Missy Anne’s (Sandy Duncan)
Kizzy (1790-1861) is the daughter of Kunta Kinte and Belle Waller. At sixteen, she was sold to another plantation and bore her new master’s son, “Chicken” George. She is the great-great-great-grandmother of Alex Haley. She used to play school with a white girl named Missy Anne. She learned how to read and write.
Childhood and Teenage Life at Waller (1790-1806)Edit
Kizzy was the first generation of the Kinte family to be born into slavery on September 12, 1790 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia on the s Waller Plantation to Kunta Kinte and his wife, Bell Reynolds. Kunta chooses the name “Kizzy,” which means “stay put” in Mandika. Just as his own father, Omoro Kinte, had done with him back in Africa, Kunta takes the infant Kizzy out to perform the Africans’ ritual custom of birth, holding the naked baby up high under a starry sky, saying, “Behold, the only thing greater than yourself.” The rest of Kizzy’s childhood is never shown in the series, but it is indicated that her father raised her with the customs of his people.
Teenage Life Kizzy was enslaved and raped by a white man and she was taken away from her family and she was sold to another slave master
When she is sixteen, Kizzy falls in love with a field hand, Noah, the son of Ada, another field hand. Noah desperately wants to escape the plantation and asks Kunta for his advice (as Kunta had made repeated attempts to escape, before being maimed by slave catchers.) Being in love with Noah, Kizzy tries to talk him out of going, warning him what she overheard about what patrollers do to runaways between Master Waller and a visitor, but he will not be swayed. Unbeknownst to Kunta, Kizzy helps Noah escape by using her secret ability to write to forge a traveling pass. Noah then escapes into the night, Kizzy prays to Jesus to protect Noah from the slave catchers for him to reach North.
ROOTS “Kizzy” FORBIDDEN TO LEARN TO READ
ROOTS “Kizzy” THE ORIGIN OF POLICE BRUTALITY
ROOTS “Kizzy” Painful Decision